Reese Witherspoon on Celebrating Holidays with a Blended Family
The city of Paris is famous for attracting the love of many natives, tourists, and those simply looking for romance. Now, it seems that the city of lights has also won over actress Reese Witherspoon, who despite being able to "only count on one hand the times I’ve been to Paris," has grown to admire the heart of France and its people. "The people just love the city, and I can really see what they love about it," says Reese. In fact, Reese isn’t the only one who enjoys spending time in Paris as she shares that her two kids — Ava Elizabeth, 8, and Deacon Reese, 4 ½ — are equally in awe of their recent vacation spot! While Reese took Ava to watch the fireworks over the city, in the October issue of Vogue, she shares that the biggest hit was Deacon’s fascination with the metro system.
"He goes from one stop to another; it makes his day!"
In her latest film Four Christmases, Reese plays a modern, rich woman who seems to have the perfect life with her husband — played by Vince Vaughn — as the two live out a pact that neither will return to their own homes. The products of two divorced families, Reese shares that her character discovers that "when you don’t have that kind of connection to family, when you avoid those things, you also avoid a lot in your relationship." Although being the child of divorced parents is uncharted territory for the 32-year-old actress as her parents are still married, Reese realizes that after recently finalizing her divorce from Ryan Phillippe, "it’s a situation my own children will have to deal with, so it was of interest to me." More so, with the holiday season approaching, the Avon Global Ambassador is not naive to the fact that many children are left to choose between their parents’ household, as more often than not, divorced couples are not on speaking terms. "You don’t see the blended-family Christmas very much. And it really is a complication in a lot of people’s lives now. How do you see your mother and your father and not hurt anyone’s feelings," wonders Reese. Despite pondering her kids’ upcoming holiday season, there is no doubt that Reese is a "great mom," according to Vince, who shares that he "really respects" her for that very reason. Says Vince,
"She was just great with her kids when they came to the set. She’d make time for them, and you could tell by the way they acted that they were very comfortable and loving with her."
Reese and Vince’s new movie, Four Christmases, hits theaters November 26th.